Double Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

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Double Mocha PorterDouble Mocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rogue calls this an 'Imperial Porter' on their website.

10 Ingredients:
Malts: C120, C150, Kiln Coffee, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm Risk™ malts.
Hops: Summit and Rogue Micro Hopyard Willamette.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

78 IBU
76 AA
133º Lovibond

Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 311
Photo of dtivp
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, nearly black, with a one finger tan head, nice retention with moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee and roasted malt.

Taste followed the nose with dark chocolate and a mild coffee with roasted malt. There was a little sweetness of fig and ended with a slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body, creamy, smooth and roasty.

This is a good beer, however, it was a little thin for the porters that I really enjoy.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip jan20 2010

A near black with a two finger mocha head that hangs around for a few minuets and leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S more hops then expected with a citrus, coffee and chocolate mix

T not quite as nice as the smell, bitter bakers chocolate and heavily roasted coffee fight with a hop blast its a little overwhelming but still enjoyable

M thinner then expected and it has a very bitter finish and the flavors stay in your mouth forever

D well concealed booze has to count for something, I liked this brew but its a little intense almost tastes burnt

pretty expensive here in Alberta, I would like to see how one ages but not badly enough to buy another at 14$ a bottle

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh...After trudging my way through a sixer of Victory's Storm King Imperial Stout last week, I am infinitely refreshed by this brew. The look is par for the course, dark color ruby brown with a frothy chocolate milk colored head. Smell may be it's biggest setback from perfection, as it is a little sharp and almost sour at first, but it then comes around with some roasted espresso, and ultimately rounded out by a hint of milk chocolate. The taste is much more balanced than the nose, bringing a uniformed flavor as opposed to an army of notes that many other big, dark imperials/doubles enlist. But straightforward does not mean lacking in character or complexity, the Double Mocha Porter just knows what it wants to be. It tastes like a well made latte: there are some serious roasted coffee bean flavors smoothed out by an almost creamy malt base, and it is both bitter-sweet and dry-smooth.

This is a well crafted, completely self-aware brew. I could drink this all night and never be stunned by a single off flavor, but still be excited for the next sip.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 750 ml blue enamel bottle. Pours out a deep brown/black, some translucent highlights when held to light. Creamy dense beige head with lasting retention and spongy lacing.

Some sharp roasted and burnt grains rounded out with rich coffee comprises the majority of the aroma.

Flavour is an overload of coffee, abundant bitter coffee. Malt only seems used to colour this beer as none is present in the flavour. Overwhelming coffee and nothing else. Just lots of bitter and astringent coffee.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, starts thin but the texture fills out, moderate carbonation.

Yet another example of a once fine brewery resting on the laurels of their previous quality core of beers, but not following through or living up to it any more. This may have sounded good on paper or as a concept, but the final product does not deliver. Double Dead Guy stood on its own, but this has no depth or character beyond the original Mocha Porter at all.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, shared and split into pint glasses.

A: Dark, with a one finger mocha head. Looks like a Porter should, maybe a little darker all around.

S: roasted malt bitterness. Maybe a hint of chocolate or something else sweet (milk, fruit) but its 99% roasted malt.

T: About the same as the smell. The roasted malt is pretty bitter in my opinion, a little like espresso beans. Very faint chocolate flavors. Bitterness dominates.

MF: Thick and full bodied, with some bite.

D: Fairly low for me; I wasn't impressed with this offering.

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Photo of irischmatt
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from a Guinnes pint glass. Beautiful black color with a consistent and reliable head that doesn't seem to diminish after half of the pint is gone. Simpler aroma than expected, however, the very dark (almost burnt) coffee notes are deep and strong. Taste matches the smell of very dark coffee, with additional dark chocolate flavors that linger after swallowing. Very smooth but full mouthfeel, with very little tart or tangy notes that many stouts and porters of this strength have. Also, for an 8.2 percent ABV beer, this isn't at all sweet and has no alcohol burn. The smooth mouthfeel, lack of syrupy-sweetness found in other >5% dark beers, and complete absence of alcohol taste make this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of shangwang
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

This beer was full of surprises for me; right off the bat I was caught off guard with the head following the pour- at least three fingers and very frothy.
Chocolate was the dominant smell; also the strong presence of coffee, smoked wood, and a faint scent of cherry.
This beer is light in the mouth, not as creamy as I expected, but not unlike other porters and stouts.
The taste was the next surprise; despite the word Mocha in the name I didn't taste much coffee at all. Definitely an earthy chocolate taste with a sort of smoky, peppery, bitter charcoal taste. Slightly sweet at first with a strong bitter finish.
On a sidenote, I enjoyed this beer more when it was at a warmer temperature. A solid offering, but it didn't rock my world. Nevertheless, as with most Rogue offerings a pleasant brew.

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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark chocolate with a tan head. Bubbly cloud like head that shrinks down to a decent ring.

S chocolately toasty and a little big of alcohol

T clean rich chocolate. Not overnpowering. Lacks any huge coffee notes

M medium bodied and clean finish

D very drinkable for 8.2%

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Photo of Derek
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a tan head, excellent retention & lace.

S: Hop aroma is upfront, figgy, woodsy spicing with some light, steelie grass and rind, molasses and dark roasted coffee.

T: Dark roasted coffee is up front, black strap molasses, dark bakers chocolate, roasted nut, hints of soy sauce & licorice, figs, woodsy spicing, solid bitterness. I'm getting some onion flavour from the Summit hops, which just seems odd. The hopping is a little unbalanced.

M: Fairly full body is very smooth & creamy, with a light roasted acidity.

D: Decent, but the hopping just doesn't work.

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Photo of LeftyEtc
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet, dark chocolate brown with a half inch tan head no lacing as head recedes. A truly inviting porter stairs back at you when you give a good look before your first sip.

S - Not overwhelming or excessively strong but subtle coffee and toasted malts are certainly present. With a sip already on your tounge and then a solid whiff this beer comes to life.

T - Mild toasted coffee and brown sugar. A hoppy finish compliment the initial sweetness.

M - A little thinner than many of my favorite porters, very little carbonation.

D - Refreshing, highly drinkable and with such a wonderful taste who couldn't drink a few without getting board.

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Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head with very good retention that reduces to a cap. Some decent glass lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, with a bit of toast. Taste of sweet chocolate and coffee, with some bitterness on the finish that lingers. Medium carbonation and body with a bit of alcohol warming after the finish. Solid stuff!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all the acclaim and delicacy of Rogue's standard Mocha Porter, the Double Mocha can't go wrong, can't it?

Strong brown colors are represented in the glass, definately a bold Porter or Stout. Sturdy head formation holds it's own against a thick and cream pour. Mild chocolaty haze gives visual weight to the unfiltered pour.

Aromas of heavy toast, light roast, coffee, and cocoa powder gives a deep and savory scent to the malt-forward beer. Straight forward and strong, the beer makes head way agianst more timid Porters and Stouts.

Flavors of cocoa, French roast coffee, walnuts, heavy cream and vanilla round out for a bold and bitter taste that exhibits great balance and strenght but sarifices in richness, sweetness, and complexity. Hop bitterness weaves into subtle hop bite in the finish for a cocoa-dry finish despite such body and sweet start.

Creamy and moderate up front despit being a 'Double' anything, the beer's quick transition into a malty-dry and powdery cocoa finish makes this beer palatable and drinkable but leaving me wanting much more rich flavor and feel in the end.

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Photo of drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, but clear brown in color, topped by a light tan foamy head. The head was very voluminous and had excellent retention, leaving a nice veil of thick lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate dominate the aroma. Almost seems to have an earthy tone to it as well.

T & M - Dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate combine with a nice hop presence that make for a decent complexity in this brew. Finishes with a bit of bitter hoppiness for an aftertaste. Medium bodied with a rather coarse mouthfeel. This beer would be much better if it was creamier I think.

D - Rogue has proven to me time and again that they know how to brew beer, this brew is no exception. It's not perfect, but it's certainly worth a try. I'm glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML bottle that was poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The bottle is kind of cool. It's either painted or some type of sand blasted blue. Good idea I guess, protects it from the light. It pours out as close to black as it can while still being dark brown. No real highlights, but the edges slightly glow when you hold it up to the light. Big tan, light-brown head, good lacing.

Smell is good. Big malts, primarily dark/bitter chocolate. Little bit of grain. Noticeable hop presence while maintaining a good malt/hop balance. At the very end of every sniff your nose warms with the slight touch of alcohol.

The taste is top notch. Much like the smell, chocolate is a dominant feature with the taste, but there are some differences. It starts with dark bitter chocolate favors, then fades to a milk chocolate, than back to a bitter chocolate. Good overall, here's where the "Double Mocha" comes in. Obviously a good malt presence, caramelized, roasted, and even a little burned. Hops are also noticeable in the taste at the end. A big/bad/bold porter that attacks your taste buds.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and full bodied. It's almost triple layered. It is bitter, sweet, then finishes bitter. The drinkability is outstanding. It could be a sipper is you want it to be, or go at your own pace.

I was a big fan of the Mocha Porter, one of the first beers I ever had from Rogue. I didn't get the "Double" part of the name until a little way through it. The flavor is certainly a double portion and the smell is increased as well. I've always been a huge porter fan and this is a favorite, very good. This and Long Trails Imperial Porter are at the top in my opinion. If more porters this big come up maybe the style "Imperial" or "Double" Porter will come into existence. That's a good world to be in.

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Photo of RickS95
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's what beer is supposed to look like. It's a black hole in a glass. Completely pitch black with equal parts beer and head in the glass. The bubbles are around for a good period of time and cover the glass as they dissipate.

The nose is filled with roastly flavors of malt, coffee, chocolate and cola.

Can't explain how good it tastes. Your palate will pick up the same notes as your nose...roasty, coffee, chocolate and even some smoke.

The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets. It's creamy from beginning to end. There's a touch of sweetness early on and just a notch of bitter in the end but the creaminess is always there and balances everything.

This is such a smooth beer there's really nothing wrong with it. It's smooth and creamy and yummy and it just goes down easy. It's got good alcohol, but you never know it because there's no heat. As good a beer as I've ever had.

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Photo of budgood1
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle.

pours out a nearly opaque chocolate brown colour with crimson edges when held up to a light. huge dark tan head the recedes ever so slowly to thick chunky lace. rogue yeast aroma with chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee and nougat nuances in the nose. plenty of herbal and pine hop notes wafting about. ripe fruit, a bit of sourness and some spice round things out. wow what a nose!! the taste is a bit more muted with lots of cocoa and dark chocolate notes backed up by some espresso and toffee. some chalkiness appears and a bit of booziness melds comfortably into the background as the slightly agressive hop profile digs in and asserts itself with some more spicy notes. pretty nice tasting. pretty full overall body with a mouthfeel that is half velvety half dry and chalky...just ok. drinkability is pretty good....but one might be enough to kill the curiousity.

well, for the price and expectations, i was disappointed in this offering. looked and smelled fantastic but tasted and felt less than fantastic.

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip pint.

Pours black with a foamy toffee that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is of coffee and sweet chocolate upfront.

The taste is of mocha, as there is a pleasant blend of coffee and chocolate. Though if I didn't know better I would have guessed this to be an attempt at a chocolate porter, not mocha.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style, with a good bit of carbonation.

This is a quite well done beer, though for the price tag I feel I could find something of equal quality for a bit less money.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a burgundy hue through the dark beer. Three fingers of light mocha, stiff and rocky after a minute. A nice array of lacing; some high water ribbons up top, sticky splotches and patches below that.

Aroma - nice smelling roasty aroma with some coffee bean accents. Nothing too complex but solid.

Taste - malty, rather smoky grain. Excellent coffee influence at mid-palate. Any hops are kind of mitigated by some light char on the swallow. Ends dry but not bitter, just a big roasted grain aftertaste. Ends with an agreeable abv warmth, mellow and toasty.

Mouthfeel - creamy smooth, carbonation has difficulty fighting through the big body. Excellent feel in all aspects.

Drinkability - kind of an 'imperial' porter of sorts. Tasty, disappears alarmingly fast. Yum.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, nicely browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark chocolate brown color that shows ruby red hue when held up to the light. The head has lots of staying power and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma mixes notes of fruit and a more dominant notes of city roast coffee. Other notes of chocolate, richly toasted, dark leaning malt and the finish has notes of roasted nuttiness all of which are contributed by the malt.

After the dessert i just had, the beer tastes only lightly sweet and has a nice toasted, nutty, malt character. as my palate adjusts it picks up more sweetness, though it never gets overly sweet, especially considering its strength. Sweet chocolate notes mix with city roast coffee flavors quite nicely and really does remind me of mocha java coffee. the texture of this is somewhat soft and creamy, though not richly so; some of this is likely due to the fact that this has lost a fair amount of carbonation since it was first opened (the voluminous head produced made this seem overly carbonated and likely knocked out much of the excess carbonation). This is quite a quaffable brew given how strong it is. Speaking of which, this beer hides its strength pretty well; there is a touch of alcohol warming here in the finish but even that is fairly soft.

A fresh pour yields a bunch more head and a texture that is way to fizzy; luckily some vigorous swirling gets rid of the excess. Not a bad beer, I wasn't expecting too much from this and it hasn't disappointed.

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Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pored into a pint glass produced a nice two finger tan head that laced out well. The body of the brew was a typical dark porter black.

It had some big roasted notes coming from it nose with definite chocolate and espresso aromas' there along was a light alcohol note there too. The flavor was a mirror to the nose with a slight yeast not that is present in most Rouge's I try. It had a medium to full feel with good carbonation to it.

I enjoyed drinking this brew and the bottle was not to much to handle. Yes, I would gladly drink it again

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Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like milk chocolate and dry cocoa powder, with some roasted coffee and a bit of roasted barley and caramel.
T: It tasted like sweet chocolate and bitter coffee with a bit of caramel and bready yeast. It had a mellow and smooth bitter aftertaste.
M: It was pretty thick with a little carbonation - nice and creamy.
D: This had great balance and rich flavors, with great body too. It hid the alcohol well also, and was super clean and enjoyable. Not sure if this would improve with age, but it was quite good fresh and really easy to drink, even if it wasn't unique or extreme.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Props on the blue bottle. Much better than the ceramic stuff.
Poured black, no light penetrating at all. Moderate pour got a meringue like, dark brown sugar colored two finger head. Almost immediate lacing with the head settling down. Excellent head retention with the beer.

S-- Roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Nose is a little bit on the weak side though.

T-- Roasted malts and coffee. Not much chocolate in the taste at all. More like a strong coffee taste with some rolled malts and oats.

M-- Baking chocolate comes out in the mouth. Has that mocha feel to it. Coffee gets more bitter as it sits in the mouth. Has a bit of a lemony finish as well. Reminds me more of a Oatmeal Stout or a bad starbucks mocha with too much coffee.

D-- Superb drinkability. Well hidden 8.2% ABV. Gets a bit on the bitter side with the coffee but this is very drinkable and can finish off a 750 pretty easily. Negatives are the very bitter coffee taste and the lack of a nose but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle painted blue. I guess this is the 2009 release, but no date. poured into nonic pint glass

pitch black in color, with a nice creamy tan head that stays throughout drinking. leaves great lacing. as expected, the aroma is coffee and chocolate.

taste is a nice mellow balance of roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. flavors are blended well adn not overpowering. mild carbonation, super creamy body, smooth.
very drinkable. no hint of the increased ABV. no problem downing the whole big bottle myself.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with nice cap of khaki, merangue like foam, great sticky lacing. Scent is fairly contained with hints of char and dark roasted grains with only faint touches of coffee, chocolate and sweet cream. Taste is more aggressive with a solid roast profile with a blend of coffee, chocolate and cream. Hints of some herbal or spice on the back. Nice medium body, creamy but not coating. Slightly over carbonated for they style. A suprisingly good beer with a touch too much roastyness covering up the coffee and chocolate notes.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Double Mocha Porter is a dark brown ale that's on the edge of black. It has a huge, fluffy, soft light brown head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a hoppy and roasty aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate and green leaves. It's very smooth and very full bodied with a clean, dry finish. It's full flavored and well balanced with notes of coffee, chocolate and ash. There is juniper and chocolate in the bitter finish. I love beer like this!

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Double Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.89 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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